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Photo of the Week (7/12/10)


Taming the Lionfish
Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean and Atlantic
George Cathcart/Marine Photobank
Native to the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, invasive lionfish like this one found in the Bahamas are threatening coral reef ecosystems in the Atlantic by consuming large amounts of reef fishes and crustaceans. Lionfish were likely introduced to western Atlantic coastal waters by home aquarists sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Noted for their long, venomous spines, these voracious predators have since spread up the Eastern seaboard and throughout the Caribbean. In the United States, conservationists, federal officials, chefs, spear fishermen and seafood distributors have started a movement to eradicate the fish from areas outside its native habitat by creating a consumer demand for them as a seafood product.

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